Designer Q&A, Miki Miette

Grey AW13

Influenced by Japanese and European style, Miki Miette adds a little sunshine to your child’s wardrobe by making all their high quality baby garments in sunny LA. It goes without saying that when it comes to our babies only the best will do; Miki Miette’s creative designs capture the best look for baby and give back to communities in the best way! We caught up with designer and founder, Sawako, and she answered all our questions about this unique American brand.

Where did the name Miki Miette originate?
It’s two names that I adore.  Miki is a boy’s nickname in Japan that I always loved.  And Miette is the name of the little girl in one of my favorite films, The City of Lost Children by JeanPierre Jeunet.  I thought it was perfect because it combined the two biggest sources of inspiration for me – Japanese and European kids fashion.

Why did you choose to design for children?  
I had been designing & consulting in the women’s & menswear markets for over 10 years.  When I found out I was pregnant, I decided to stop working crazy hours for other companies and put my energy toward something of my own that I loved and could grow organically in hopes that it would allow me to stay at home with my son.  Designing clothing for littles seemed like a natural transition, especially since I had a hard time finding my style in what was out in the market, especially for boys.

Chloe AW13 Jackie

What is your brand’s mission statement or purpose?  
Miki Miette’s company philosophy is “good karma”.  Thru our work, we are able to spread the sunshine by making all of our quality products with local sewing shops right here in LA. In addition boosting local businesses, we also donate a percentage of profits monthly to non-profit organizations.

What are the inspirations or motivations behind your design? Is there a style decade that you are inspired by?
Miki Miette is definitely reflective of my California lifestyle with my rambunctious toddler!  Someone once described Miki Miette as “crib to cafe”, which is spot on!  It’s comfortable and casual enough to put your little one down to nap in, but chic enough to then go out on a lunch date in.  I also personally cringe at the fru fru and overly silly baby clothes out there and know many moms feel the same way.  Miki Miette is my contribution to make our littles look cool, even at 2 feet tall!

What do you have coming up in the future involving Miki Miette that you are excited about?
A couple things… First, I’m developing a beautiful hand-knit cashmere beanie and baby booties with Citta, a non-profit that provides shelter and skill training for displaced women in Nepal. The women learn such skills as knitting, sewing and jewelry making.

Grey & Chloe Bench AW13

100% of sales on these items will go to the women’s center. These will be available for purchase online and in stores early next year.

And secondly, starting in Fall/Winter 2014, we will be going up to a size 4T!

Which is your favourite piece from your collection right now?  
I love the Jackie set for girls – it’s cute but not too girly.  For boys, it’s definitely the Billy Bob romper.  I’m a sucker for cool rompers.

Miki Miette Logo 2

 

Garments by Miki Miette are so comfortable your little ones will want to wear them all day, and so stylish that mom or dad won’t mind! Discover Sawako’s favourite designs by clicking on the images above. Learn more about Miki Miette and shop the collection visit www.mikimiette.com

 

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